Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   Over his 23 years in public broadcasting, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards,  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's NextGeneration project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists.  He's been a guest faculty instructor at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and four cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the years with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Capital Public Radio in Sacramento here:

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Despite a disruptive protest last weekend, the owner of Eugene’s Elk Horn Brewery says business is rebounding.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, their work continues on reducing “lawlessness” across the downtown.

Frequent use of marijuana by young adults may drive up risk-taking. That’s from a new study by Oregon State University.

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An 80-year-old Portland man’s online romance was not only fake, it gave him a broken bank account as well as a broken heart.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, authorities warn against Valentine’s Day scammers.

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More than 15,000 nominations have been sent to Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s office, for waterways to be placed on the national Wild and Scenic Rivers designation list. 

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For cannabis dispensaries, Oregon ranks top nationally for states, with five of its cities in the top 10.

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White supremacy has made recent local news, between Jeremy Christian’s murder trial in Portland, and the presence of white nationalist groups in rallies across the state.  A special edition of the Oregon Historical Quarterly is out now, that reminds residents that the problem is actually rooted deep in state history.

KLCC’s Brian Bull talked to the journal’s editor, Eliza Canty-Jones. Bull asked how ingrained white supremacy is in Oregon’s settlement.

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White supremacy has crept back into the headlines in recent years: right-wing nationalists have staged rallies across the state, while the Jeremy Christian murder trial continues in Portland. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new publication reminds residents that the problem persists throughout Oregon’s history.

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Several health groups and Native American tribes are backing a bill to expand dental care across Oregon.

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Animals used for testing now have a chance at a happier, less invasive life thanks to a new Oregon law.

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The Cascadia Playbook is a state government blueprint for responding to a major earthquake that could kill up to 25,000 people in the Pacific Northwest. 

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A sweeping $760 billion spending bill from House Democrats aims to overhaul transportation and infrastructure across the U.S. 

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With the Senate impeachment trial winding down, Representative Peter DeFazio says the process appears orchestrated to favor President Trump.

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Improvements to sustainability efforts at Lane Community College could involve students searching for bird carcasses around the campus.

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Oregon’s journalists will soon have more legal muscle in accessing public records.

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About 100 people crowded Eugene’s Ferry Street Bridge area Saturday afternoon. They were split between supporters of President Trump, and his critics.

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There are more than 5,700 missing and murdered indigenous women across North America.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new Oregon law has launched a series of statewide conversations on the issue.

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Eugene’s oldest – and most expansive – restaurant chain turns 60 today.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on Taco Time.

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With homelessness reaching what one official calls “epidemic proportions,” the City of Eugene and Lane County have jointly come up with additional funding to keep two services operational. 

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Continued “lawlessness” by some transients in Eugene has hurt downtown businesses over the holiday season.

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A new task force for Lane County’s 70 parks needs community members.

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If you’re wondering what to do for the first day of 2020, parks officials say: take a hike!

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Lane County wants to expand recycling to include apartments and condos.

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As 2019 winds down, it’s time to reflect on some of the big news stories we covered across Eugene-Springfield and the region. KLCC’s Brian Bull has this year-end review.

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Homeless advocates are cheering the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal in a pivotal case out of Idaho.  KLCC’s Brian Bull got reaction from someone living on the streets of Eugene.

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With winter officially beginning soon, many residents still reeling from February’s big dump are wondering if this year will see a repeat.  KLCC’s Brian Bull asked a regional meteorologist for their outlook.

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Fundraising for a new YMCA facility in Eugene just got a big boost. 

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Hundreds of locals gathered outside the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse Tuesday night, to voice their support for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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The approach of a New Year often makes us reflect on the past one. In the case of KLCC news, there were many major stories, touching on politics to disasters to the arts.  We revisit some of the sounds and voices from just some of the top local stories for 2018.

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Last May, voters largely rejected a bond measure that would’ve helped fund a new Lane County Courthouse. Now as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, officials are pushing for public feedback ahead of a renewed effort. 

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Comedian, writer, and producer Joel Hodgson has worked in entertainment for nearly 40 years. He’s best known for creating Mystery Science Theater 3000, a TV series featuring a captive test subject and his robot pals riffing on B-grade horror and sci-fi films.